May 5 – May 11, 2020

WORD

2Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation— 3if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. 4Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and 5like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6For it stands in scripture: “See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” 7To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner,” 8and “A stone that makes them stumble, and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. 9But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

1 Peter 2:2-10

Explore:

  • What does this Scripture say about God?
  • What does this Scripture say about life?
  • What am I hearing in this Scripture?
  • What am I going to do with this Scripture?
  • Want to explore Scripture more deeply?  Then check out our Exploring Scripture page! 

Table Talk:

Use these conversation starters to talk about life and God with your kids, spouse, or friends during the week!  A great place to do this is at the dinner table.  There’s one prompt for each day of the week!

Tuesday: Read the Scripture passage together.

Wednesday: What are my core beliefs?

Thursday: I have built my life upon…

Friday: What does it mean to be a priest of the kingdom of God?

Saturday: What does it mean to be chosen?

Sunday: I taste the goodness of the Lord when I…

Monday: What have you heard from God over the past week?

 

SPIRIT

Sacred Reading:

This practice allows you to listen to the Scripture for the week and to open yourself up to God’s voice in that Scripture.

 

  • Click on the audio link above and listen to the Scripture.  As you listen this first time, ask God to point out to you a word or phrase from the Scripture.
  • Click on the audio link above again and listen to the Scripture a second time.  As you listen this second time, ask God to reveal to you the holy intentions for this word or phrase that is being spoken into your life.
  • Click on the audio link above again and listen to the Scripture a third time.  As you listen this third time, ask God how you might respond to this word or phrase being spoken into your life today.

Meditation: 

 

Look at the image above.  I took this picture in January at the chapel, along the shores of the Sea of Galilee, that was built upon the traditional spot where Jesus ate with his disciples after the resurrection.  The church is literally built upon the stone that served as a table for Jesus and his friends, with the stone even lying bare and open inside the church around the altar.  Outside the church is the exposed foundation stone that you see in the image.  Upon this is the sign that says plainly: “This is a holy ground.”  Do not forget that your life – and the life of the Church – was built upon the stone of Jesus Christ.  His presence makes our lives holy ground upon which others might encounter his love and grace.  In what ways are you building your life upon the rock of Jesus Christ?  What other foundations might you need to uproot from your life?  Your life can become a sanctuary of Christ’s presence, a holy temple of his Spirit.  Peter is inviting us to build our lives into a house that welcomes God into every room.  Into what part of your life do you need to welcome God?  We are challenged, as well, to practice hospitality with others, inviting them into the comforts and mercies of dwelling in God’s presence.  In what specific ways might you live out this calling with the people you encounter form day to day?  Remember that you are a part of this chosen people, this royal priesthood, this holy nation – loved by God and called to embrace and gather up his children into his love, mercy, and grace.

Spiritual Practice: Songs of Praise

This week, listen to the song The Stone by Jars of Clay.  The words are taken straight from Scripture.  As you listen, consider how you can build your life upon Christ.  In what ways can you bear witness to the greatness of Jesus Christ?  Sing along and worship God today!

Breath Prayer: LORD God, build our lives upon your grace and truth.

2 thoughts on “May 5 – May 11, 2020

  1. Thanks for this reflection and practice. Is it ok that I use your photo on our congregation’s Facebook page? It took me back to my time working for the World Council of Churches based in Bethlehem, we had a short trip around the Sea of Galilee and visiting these wonderful churches.

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